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Heal From Trauma: How EMDR Therapy Can Help

Have you been through something terrible that changed your life? Trauma happens more often than you might think, and it can have a big effect on a person’s physical and mental health. Some common emotional effects of trauma include feelings of anxiety, depression, anger, and fear. Trauma can also impact a person’s physical health, leading to issues such as headaches, insomnia, and chronic pain. Additionally, trauma can affect a person’s relationships, work, and other areas of their life.

What is considered trauma for EMDR?

Trauma, according to EMDR, is any negative thing that happened to us in the past that we still think of as terrible and that keeps making us feel negative.

There are big traumas that are considered severe and little traumas that can be distressing. Big traumas often have a profound impact on a person’s life, experiences such as physical or sexual abuse, serious car accidents, natural disasters, or war. Big traumas can cause significant distress and may lead to long-term effects like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

When compared to big traumas, small traumas aren’t as severe. These can be things like breaking up with someone, losing a job, or getting into a minor car accident. Even though they may not have been life-threatening, they can still have a big effect on your emotional health and you may need help to deal with and understand them.

The good news is that there are effective treatments to help people overcome their trauma and move forward in their life. One such treatment is EMDR therapy, which has been shown to be effective in treating trauma. EMDR therapy is extensively researched and widely recognized as effective trauma.

What is EMDR Therapy and How does it work?

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy works by guiding the person through a series of eye movements, sounds, or taps while they focus on a specific traumatic memory. EMDR encourages the patient to focus briefly on the trauma memory while also experiencing bilateral stimulation (typically eye movements). Through the use of eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation, the person is able to access different parts of their brain to process and reprocess the memory in a way that makes the memory less vivid and emotional, which helps the person feel better.

It’s important to understand that the effects of trauma can vary from person to person. Some people may be able to recover from traumatic experiences on their own, while others may need help and treatment.

Here are some benefits of EMDR therapy:

  1. Offers a Non-Invasive Treatment Option: EMDR therapy is a non-invasive treatment option that does not involve medication or other invasive procedures. This makes it a safe and effective option for people who may be hesitant to try other types of treatments.
  2. Reduces the Emotional Impact of Trauma: EMDR therapy can help make traumatic memories less upsetting, making them easier to deal with and manage. By reprocessing the memory in a new and more useful way, the person can reduce the stress and symptoms caused by the traumatic event.
  3. Promotes Healing: EMDR therapy can help people heal from the emotional and physical effects of trauma. By getting to the root of the problem, a person can begin to heal and move on with their life.
  4. Enhances Coping Skills: EMDR therapy can help a person develop healthy coping skills to manage symptoms related to the traumatic experience. This can include learning relaxation techniques, mindfulness practices, and other skills to promote overall well-being.
  5. Improves Self-Esteem: EMDR therapy can help a person’s self-esteem by helping them find and change negative beliefs they may have about themselves because of a traumatic event. This can lead to increased self-confidence and a more positive outlook on life.
  6. Increases Resilience: EMDR therapy can help people become more resilient and better able to handle stress and difficult times. By processing and rethinking traumatic memories, people can become more resilient and more able to handle future challenges.

In summary, EMDR therapy can provide a range of benefits for people who have experienced trauma. By reducing the emotional impact of traumatic memories, promoting healing, and increasing coping skills, EMDR therapy can help people move on with their lives and feel better by reducing the emotional impact of traumatic memories and encouraging healing.

If you could use some support, schedule an appointment or consultation with our EMDR therapist specialist.

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